MUSCAT: As an addition to its National Day celebrations, Bank Sohar sponsored the recently held ‘Art and Tunes Exhibition’ at the Royal Opera House Muscat.

The event was organised in order to showcase 44 pieces of art by the talented Omani artist Mazin al Mamari, in commemoration of the sultanate’s 44th National Day.

The ‘Opera Art Exhibition’ took place at the Opera Galleria, located at the Royal Opera House Muscat recently. The event was inaugurated under the auspices of H E Abdul Aziz Mohammed al Rawas, Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs.

Representing the bank at the event was Abdulla al Mahmoodi, chief manager of events and promotions, together with several members of the bank’s marketing department.

The inauguration ceremony began with a welcome speech by Mamari, followed by a speech by the guest of honour H E Rawas. Shortly after, guests were treated to some classical Omani tunes played by a group of Omani artists from across the country. The guests were then taken on a tour of the exhibition, which had 44 stunning pieces of art by Mamari on display. Some of which even had live music playing in order to truly bring them to life. The event came to a close with Bank Sohar being honoured as a key sponsor of the event

Commenting on the sponsorship, Munira Abdulnabi Macki, DGM human resources and corporate support said, “Being an Omani organisation, we collectively share a deep sense of national pride and love for our culture and heritage. Art and culture transcends boundaries created by language and are a true reflection of a nation’s identity.

“By promoting such exhibitions we are doing our part in giving these talented Omani artists the exposure they deserve by providing them with an excellent platform to showcase their talents as well as spread a sense of nationalism that we all hold so dear to our hearts. In doing so we can also offer our gratitude to our beloved leader His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and thank him for his wise and benevolent leadership that has led this country on a 44-year long path of growth and prosperity.”

In addition to the ‘Art and Tunes Exhibition’, the bank also sponsored two other key events that were held in celebration of the National Day – the ‘Portrait of a Nation’ art competition and ‘Tawaf al Khaleej’.

The former was a nation-wide art competition for children aged 6 to 17, offering cash prizes for the best entries while also offering the top 44 entrants the opportunity to showcase their art as part of a special collage titled ‘Portrait of a Nation’ for all the public to see and admire.

Meanwhile, ‘Tawaf al Khaleej’ was a GCC-wide bicycle tour undertaken by renowned Omani cyclist Khalid al Shabibi